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noun Slang.
  1. excrement; dung.
  2. worthless trash; junk.
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Origin of dreck

1920–25; < Yiddish drek; cognate with German Dreck filth; compare Old English threax, Old Norse threkkr excrement
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  1. slang, mainly US rubbish; trash
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Derived Formsdrecky, adjective

Word Origin

from Yiddish drek filth, dregs
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Word Origin and History for dreck


"filth, trash," 1922, from Yiddish drek (German dreck), from Middle High German drec, from Proto-Germanic *threkka (cf. Old English þreax "rubbish," Old Frisian threkk), perhaps connected to Greek skatos "dung," Latin stercus "excrement," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

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